Nearly halfway through Albert Chen's article on Roberto Alomar and John Hirschbeck, I felt compelled to search for the infamous spitting incident on YouTube. I wasn't able to find the clip, but after finishing the article, I was glad that I hadn't. The legacy of both Alomar and Hirschbeck is enriched more by not being able to relive such an awful moment, one that both men now obviously regret.
This is an article from the July 29, 2013 issue
Mike Kunkel, Sioux Falls, S.D.
I grew up watching Alomar play second base so effortlessly that everyone took notice; however, I was not familiar with Hirschbeck until their confrontation. Reading the story of how the two were able to develop a friendship brought me to tears. It's amazing what the human spirit can endure and overcome.
Greg McElroy, St. Louis
I always enjoy the annual Where Are They Now? edition of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, and this year's issue was no exception. From well-known athletes to ones I had never heard of, each story was compelling and well-written. Still, I was disappointed and slightly irritated that there was only one article in the entire magazine involving a female athlete. There have been so many great iconic women in sports over the years that I'm sure SI could have found a way to present more balanced coverage.
Carol O'Neill, Cherry Hill, N.J.
No Average Joe
Thank you for the article on Joe Montana. He was so beloved in San Francisco that many 49ers fans cried when he left the Bay Area, feeling that he should have finished out his career there. It was nice to be able to get a glimpse of his life now and see that he's been both happy and content.
Marilyn Hanson, Mesa, Ariz.
At the Game
I was pleasantly surprised to see movie critic Gene Siskel observing the action from the front row in your 1997 photo of Dennis Rodman diving for a loose ball (LEADING OFF). It would have been great if, in the picture, Siskel had been giving Rodman a thumb up for his spectacular effort on that play.
Dennis R. Appleyard, Davidson, N.C.
As Bad As He Wants to Be
Dennis Rodman is like the little boy who stands at the side of the pool screaming, "Look at me! Look at me!" before jumping in. Fortunately, most of us outgrow this type of juvenile narcissism.
Bill Helwig, Summerville, S.C.
Although I grew up during the Michael Jordan era, the Worm was always my favorite player. Yes, he's made some ridiculous comments lately, but one has to admire a guy who is completely comfortable in his own skin and who is not afraid to take risks. Thinking of the picture of him in the wedding gown from 1996 reminds me just how boring sports have become. We need more guys like Rodman in the game to liven things up.
Jen Shipley, Glen Burnie, Md.
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